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At the core of your business’s electrical system is your electrical panel—a device that takes the incoming current and voltage and safely sends it through the circuits that need it. Whether you have a small office with just a few employees or a large space with numerous special installations, every business has an electrical panel and it’s absolutely crucial that your panel is designed and capable of handling your electrical needs. Old panels may not be able to handle your demands how you need them to, and that means you could face issues like tripped breakers, blown circuits, or even more serious electrical problems including fire or damage to important equipment. Remember that regular electrical maintenance in your business is crucial for ensuring the safety, efficiency, and reliability of your operations.

What is an Electrical Panel?

Your electrical panel is the brain and the heart of your electrical system. Your main electrical connection feeds straight into your panel, and your panel then sends the current where it needs to go in order to keep your devices powered. Different high-power devices may be on their own circuits for extra safety, while different areas of your facility may be on their own circuits for increased power stability.

Your electrical panel is responsible for governing every function of your business that depends on electricity:

  • Keeping computers and data centers running
  • Keeping lights running smoothly and bright
  • Running your important machinery of all different shapes and sizes



You should never be surprised when your electrician delivers your bill. Before we perform services, we make sure to review your electrical needs and the proposed cost of those repairs. Our customers repeatedly report that our prices are not only competitive but also fair and honest. We never recommend repairs you don’t need, and we guarantee our upfront pricing principles.


Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Panel

Is it time to upgrade your panel to a modern model?
You should contact your trusted commercial electrician if you have any doubts. But there're some signs that can help you ask for help at the right time:


You have recently added a large addition to your property


You recently acquired a piece of large machinery that uses a substantial amount of power

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Your circuit breakers trip frequently

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Your panel has considerable corrosion or rust

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Your building's lights flicker or fade unexpectedly


Your facility has recently been substantially renovated

Panel Upgrade FAQ

Generally speaking, electric panels need to be replaced once every 25 to 40 years. Like anything, electrical panels can begin to lose their effectiveness over time, leading to the likes of wire discoloration, breakers that either fail to trip or trip too often and a slew of other issues. You may also need to upgrade your panel if you’re running electricity in an addition or finishing your basement and you need more circuits to adequately support an increased electrical draw.

Do I need a permit to upgrade my electrical panel?

Yes, in just about any and every situation when electrical work is being done on your home, you’ll need to have a permit before work can begin. Pulling a permit will verify that the electrical work is being performed up to code and done properly. While electrical codes vary based on where you live, they are enforced. Not only will you have to get a permit done prior to any electric panel work, but an inspector will likely come to your property after the work has been done to ensure it has been performed correctly.

Improper electrical work can lead to dangers such as electrocution and an increased risk of a fire. Having the work permitted is one way to ensure that it’s being done properly and minimize any risk.

When should I upgrade my electrical panel?

As we said in the intro, electrical panels should be replaced every 25 to 40 years. They may also be upgraded for a variety of reasons. Typically, electrical panel upgrades consist of either adding new circuits to support more electric draw or replacing a panel when it has reached the end of its functional lifetime. Some reasons to upgrade an electrical panel include:

– After a home addition

– Circuit breakers that trip frequently

– Excessive corrosion or rust on the current panel

– Regularly flickering lights

– Signs of wire corrosion or even a burning smell coming from the panel

How long does it take to upgrade an electrical panel?

Depending on the type of panel you need and how many electricians are working on the job, an electrical panel upgrade can take anywhere from eight to 20 hours. In the average American home, a panel upgrade usually takes between four and eight hours.

Can I upgrade my electrical panel on my own?

Only professional, certified electricians should ever attempt an electrical panel upgrade. Even if you’re somewhat handy and think you can do the work yourself, the risks greatly outweigh the reward of doing so. One small slip-up could lead to a major injury or even complete electrical system ruin. If the work wasn’t performed up to code, your home could also fail an inspection if you were ever to sell it. For peace of mind of knowing that the job is done right, it’s always best to work with a professional electrician.


If you’re looking to perform an electrical panel upgrade on your commercial property, don’t overlook the importance of this installation. We’re standing by and ready to be your go-to partner for electrical panel upgrades on commercial properties.
Contact us today to learn more.

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